Rachel Carson Trail Challenge – Ham Volunteers


The Twenty-Fifth Annual Rachel Carson Trail Challenge will take place on June 18, 2022, the Saturday nearest the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. The Challenge is a 35-mile long, one-day, sunrise to sunset endurance hike on nearly the entire rugged Rachel Carson Trail. Unlike a footrace, the “challenge” is not to win, but to endure, to finish the hike in one day. This time, the Challenge starts in North Park at sunrise and ends 35 miles later in Harrison Hills Park. The deadline for finishing is sunset, 8:54 PM or 15 hours 4 minutes, whichever comes first.

Volunteers

They are going to need ham radio volunteers at many of the check point along the trail.  There are many different shift from morning to late afternoon shift.  Check out the signup form below to see where and at what times the shift are at. If you’d like to help out, review the Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities and sign up!

NOTE: It will require to sign in use “rctc” for both user-id and password.
Rachel Carson Trails Volunteer Signup

ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CROSSBAND TEST

The Department of Defense will host this year’s Armed Forces Day (AFD) Cross-Band Test, scheduled for May 14th 2022. This annual event is open to all licensed amateur radio operators, and will not impact any public or private communications. For more than 50 years, military and amateur stations have taken part in this event, which is only an exercise scenario, designed to include hobbyist and government radio operators alike.

The AFD Cross-Band Test is a unique opportunity to test two-way communications between military communicators and radio stations in the Amateur Radio Service (ARS), as authorized in 47 CFR 97.111. These tests provide opportunities and challenges for radio operators to demonstrate individual technical skills in a tightly-controlled exercise scenario that does not impact any public or private communications.

Military stations will transmit on selected military frequencies and will announce the specific ARS frequencies monitored. All times are ZULU (Z), and all frequencies are Upper Side Band (USB) unless otherwise noted. The frequencies used for the test will not impact any public or private communications, and will not stray outside the confines of the exercise.

The following stations will be making two way radiotelephone contacts with stations in the ARS between the time periods listed on the frequencies listed in Kilohertz below.

For more information & scheduled:
https://www.dodmars.org/mars-comex-information-website/armed-forces-day

Steel City Special Event Station


Steel City Special Event Station
Carnegie Library Grand Opening of Library Park
April 23, 2022 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Listen for the “Steel City ARC” special event station W3C from today through Sunday as we celebrate the opening of Library Park here in Carnegie, PA. Tomorrow you can join us at the Library as Steel City will have three different stations located around the library. Up on the second floor in the Lincoln room we will have a Morse Code demonstration with information on how Andrew Carnegie help set up the US Army Morse Code operation during the Civil War. We will also have two Go Boxes set up in the parking lot and within the new park demonstrating how ham radio is alive an well.
There will be many different community events going on at the library for the whole family to enjoy. Plus several different food vendors to

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Click Here for Google Maps Directions: Carnegie Library

Library Web Page: Grand Opening Celebration

 

The Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall (ACFL&MH) has served Carnegie and surrounding communities the “beacon on the hill” since 1901.  The Library & Music Hall was Andrew Carnegie’s legacy gift to the town that incorporated to take his name in 1894. Though he funded 2,500 libraries around the world, the industrialist-turned-philanthropist endowed only five libraries.  The ACFL&MH is proudly one of them.

Group Kit Project? Who’s Interested?

Sean, KC3SZH brought this to my attention this morning and I have to agree this would make a good club kit project.  The cost of the antenna is $69.95 I think the club could cover the shipping for a group buy.  This is an End Feed 10,15,20,40 meter band antenna good for POTA and SOTA work.  It can handle up to 250 watts so full size rigs are usable with this antenna. We would order the kit and then assemble them up at the club.  Drill out the holes, wining the coil, and a little bit of soldering.  So if this would be your first kit time kit you would have the support and supervision of some of the club mentors.

If you interested please email me at n3lrg{at}w3kwh{dit}com the kit will cost you $69.95

 

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Arrl Shops: http://www.arrl.org/shop/End-Fed-Half-Wave-Antenna


Manufacture:  https://www.hfkits.com


Assembly: http://www.arrl.org/end-fed-half-wave-antenna-kit

Breezeshooter Contest This Weekend

Breezeshooter Fun Event

This Saturday March 5th

Steel City Club House

This Saturday at 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM Steel City ARC will be hosting a FUN PARTY along with the Breezeshooters Ground Wave contest.  We will have Pizza and Snack so make your way up to the club house and have some fun while making some 10 meter contacts.  This should be a good contest this year since the 10 meter band is opening up again. The mode of operation will be phone for the March 5th event.


Going to work the contest from home make sure you enter “W3KWH” under “Club Affiliation”

Yaesu Introduce New C4FM Radio

Yaesu has introduce a new dual band 50 watt C4FM mobile radio. This looks like a replacement for the old popular FTM-100DR transceiver. This back a lower cost radio that has portable node function.

– 50W Stable High-Power *Selectable 50W / 25W / 5W
– 2-inch High-Resolution  Display and Demountable Front Panel Controller
– 3W of Powerful, Clear and Crisp Audio Speaker
– Advanced C4FM Digital Mode
– 1104 Memory Channels including 5 “Home” channels, .
– Built-in 66ch High precision GPS receiver
– Wireless Operation Capability with the Bluetooth *Requires Unit BU-4
– WiRES-X Portable Digital Node / Fixed Node with HRI-200
– micro SD Card Slot (up to 32GB)

Ordering: https://www.dxengineering.com/parts/ysu-ftm-200dr

Software Defined Radio

Did you know that the club has an Airspy HF+ Discovery SDR available for use by the public? What better way to see how propagation conditions look than to listen in or even see the traffic on the map.

Check the propagation across North America, or the world with FT4 and FT8.

Or perhaps you’d rather listen to air traffic from KPIT? Or listen to KDKA? Whatever your interest, our SDR may have something for you.

Give it a whirl!
https://www.w3kwh.net/openwebrx/

PS – Click around the dial as you like, but don’t forget that if you change bands, you do so for all other connected users. So, be sure to have a look at the bottom of the page. “Clients” will tell you how many listeners are connected.

ADS-B Tracking

With the Steel City club house right over the flight path for the airport with planes fly only a few feet over our antennas. It makes you wonder where that plane is going or coming from.  I found this site ADSBexchange.com which is an open source community based organization that tracks all the airplane over our heads. Their setup picks up signals from all aircraft transponder that every aircraft is required to transmit.  

Home Page: https://www.adsbexchange.com/
Realtime Map: https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=a45f64
Store: https://store.adsbexchange.com/collections/all?page=2


ADSBexchange.com, the world’s largest co-op of ADS-B/Mode S/MLAT feeders, and the world’s largest public source of unfiltered flight data. Access to worldwide flight tracking data opens up a whole new world of flight monitoring for hobbyists, researchers, and journalists alike.

ADS-B Exchange differs from typical flight tracking sites in two primary ways.

First and foremost ADS-B Exchange does not participate in the filtering performed by most other flight tracking websites which do not share data on military or certain private aircraft. Because ADS-B Exchange does not use any FAA data there are no FAA BARR/LADD, military, or other “filters” preventing you from seeing the the data you collected.  ADS-B Exchange simply does not accept payment or requests to remove aircraft from public tracking!

Second, we are a community. The data we have comes from volunteers, which is supplied back to the community through APIs. Donations are appreciated as they are used to help cover the costs of the infrastructure, archive, and all of the great things you see when using our site.

Winter Field Day – Going to work it?

Hello Members,

Are you planning to work Winter Field Day?  This is a good contest to do as your first contest since it tends to be pretty laid back. Give a listen then try working a couple of people.  This will help you get ready for the big field day this June!

January 29/30, 2022
Starts at 2:00 PM on Saturday and the Pizza Party is at 6:00 PM
Prep Time Starts at 1:00 PM

Come on up to the club house and join in on the fun.  NEW hams this is a great opportunity to see what the Summer Field Day is all about. Since its a nice contest to operate. We also need logger to help the operators log all these contacts we are going make.


Winter Field Day Association (WFDA) is a dedicated group of Amateur Radio Operators who believe that emergency communications in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that is done each summer but with some additional unique operational concerns.

 We believe as do those entities of ARRL Organizations like ARES & RACES that maintaining your operational skills should not be limited to fair weather scenarios. The addition of Winter Field Day will enhance those already important skills of those that who generously volunteer their time and equipment to these organizations. This is why WFD is open to all licensed amateur radio operators worldwide.

Home Page: https://www.winterfieldday.com/

Official Rules: Click Here

 

WASH Two Meter Contest – Jan 8th

This January will mark the Twenty-Second Annual WASH Two Meter Contest. We’re looking forward to a chance to stretch our legs, our wheels, and our antennas once again! Unfortunately, there’s no way to know if we’re having WASHfest at this time, so we can’t guarantee the typical door-prize ticket awards, but you can still expect a fun operating event where you can hear some old friends, and maybe make some new ones!

Date & Times: Saturday, January 8th , 2021 from 7 to 11 PM EST. (That’s
January 9th 0000-0400 UTC to the purists!)

Objectives:
♦ To make as many contacts as possible
♦ To have fun!
Band, Mode & Frequencies: The contest will take place solely on 2 meter
band.
FM : FM simplex only, no repeater contacts. See list of recommended
simplex channels at the end of the rules.
CW: 144.05 to 144.1 MHz Only.
SSB & AM: 144.2 to 144.275 MHz Only.
Digital (including RTTY): 144.51 to 144.55 MHz.
→ Note: Listen for CW QSO’s around 144.1 MHZ 15 minutes after the hour
→ Listen for SSB & AM QSO’s around 144.2 MHz 30 minutes after the hour
→ Listen for Digital QSO’s around 144.51 MHZ 45 minutes after the hour
Power Limit: Maximum 100 watts output.
Exchange : Callsign, contact number, ZIP Code.

Check Out The Complete Rules & More Information Here
http://n3sh.org/WASHRAG/2021/WASH1221.pdf
See page 10 of Newsletter


Steel City is asking for a small group of operators to help operate this contest at the SCARC club house.  I know in the past Bobbie would operate this contest for us and do very well. Let light up the VHF band this year in Bobby memory!